A long, long time in the making, U.S. artist Troupe presents his first EP for Monotonik, 'It's Really Pretty Simple After All', a plain spectacular mix of demo-scene inspired electronica, soaring melodies, and beautiful vocals. Imagine, if you will, an American who has grown up and been musically influenced by the greats of the Amiga demo-scene - which this label itself was birthed from in 1996. Then mix in transcendent vocals reminiscent of favorite Monotonik releases like Bliss, and you get... favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite ( 3 reviews )
Following the first Monotonik release from Swedish idm-ish artist Stefan Ternemar, aka ST, in 2003, we waited around a little, and suddenly, another EP popped up. Interestingly, although the first 'Emotions In A Box' release was very much epic electronic, almost Chris Huelsbeck-ian synthwork, everyone evolves, and thanks to guest spots from a fellow Swedish Monotonik artist (check the ID3 tags for a hint), and some new influences, the 'I'll Meet You There EP' keeps the epic melodies, but slides... favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite ( 8 reviews ) Topic: Electronic
We're delighted to present a second EP from Finnish artist Planet Boelex, following his first release for Monotonik in the form of the 'Sinking In The Soup EP' . Boelex is also known as long-time .MOD artist Tweeter, a noted alumni of early labels such as Voodoo, and continues to delight allcomers with his beautifully composed, wonderfully melodic idm sound - oddly retro, but somehow still relevant. The 'Second Thoughts EP' starts with the slow build of 'Shower Curtain', all shimmering melody... favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite ( 7 reviews )
The first release on Monotonik for Radix, aka Mosaik, the Swedish artist who's been making a lot of waves in the PC 'demo-scene' over the past couple of years with his perfectly crafted melodies and beautifully smooth stylings. "Counting Stars" is the sound of a man who's clearly been listening to Boards Of Canada, but has seen fit to put his own spin on their innocent electronica. What with the beautifully pitch-bent lead and the hypnotic voice drifting in and out of the background,... Topic: Electronic
This third set of releases, spanning October 2002 to October 2003, from our net.label Monotonik showcases more of the diversity between retro beepiness and increasing indielectronic influences. Some highlights might include the sublime Grandma EPs, showcasing one of the youngest and breakthrough-est Monotonik artists, some gorgeous Australian electronics with Super Science's re-issues, more retro beep from the 'Best Of AHX' compilation, and lots more good stuff from Kaamos, Ernesto Aeroflot and... Topics: Electronic, IDM, Bleep
Welcome to Monotonik's brand new year, courtesy of a debut release (or is it?) from Finn and self-proclaimed cosmic superspy, Aleksi Virta. He fearlessly busts out this supremely accomplished album of jazzy, dubby electronics, originally released on a scandalously limited, horrendously collectible 100-copy sold-out CDR edition, and now, thankfully available to the general public via the wonders of the Internet. So basically, we're looking at everything from the headnodding organ jam of 'Nebulae... favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite ( 20 reviews ) Topics: Electronic, Jazz+Funk, Neo-cosmic
Surprisingly intelligent spinning techno from the ringleader of the excellent milk (http://milk.sgic.fi) - check them out at your peril, and check this out at your penelope pitstop. wish it were longer, but for the length it is, it wanders about and pulses and altogether sounds like one of aphex's better moments. but more original than that implies. put it on repeat, our brains liked that as well. you mustn't make your brain angry. hope you all enjoy. Topics: Jcole, Monotonik
Something different, this time out, with the part nu-chill, part world music, part live-played album, 'Rai-Ken' from Bristol, UK native Ollie Cram - it's pitched somewhere between the chillout of previous Monotonik releaser Izmar and something much further out than that, and that's why we dig it. Things start out with 'Over Yonder', all interplay with the live-played organ - there's also guitar, keyboards, synth, bass, and mandolin played live on the album by Mr. Cram himself - before we move...
This first set of free to download, Creative Commons-licensed MP3 releases from our electronica-based net.label, Monotonik ( http://www.monotonik.com ), were originally released from January 1999 to March 2001. They chronicle the period after Monotonik decided to stop releasing .MOD files, and start releasing those new-fangled (at the time!) .MP3s. Some highlights might include Lackluster's languidly beautiful "Bothersome (Mother Mix)", later to feature on his lovely 'Container' album... favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite ( 3 reviews ) Topics: Electronic, Techno, IDM, Bleep
We're absolutely delighted to put out a third release from Swedish electronic artist Bliss, aka Henrik Jose, over a year after his well-received ' It's Not The Sweetness... ' EP. Since then, he's collaborated with music video directors Pleix (Basement Jaxx, Plaid, Futureshock) on an experimental video, while continuing to work on new material, but shines out his late 2003 vintage in 'Goodbye Brain, Hello Heart EP', a shimmering block of entirely instrumental sound produced in his Lund studio... favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite ( 5 reviews )
It's always good to find an original, slightly more maverick voice in the world of electronics - someone who, if not channelling the punk aesthetic, at least goes out on a little more of a limb to imbue their music with edge, unpredictability and, well, soul. So, when US-based Grandma sent us a whole raft of his music, we immediately cottoned on to the mix of alternately classic idm-ish melodies, super-intricate drill+bass programming, and improvised guitars/vocals. That in itself should be... favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite ( 1 reviews ) Topic: Electronic
In the form of a Valentine's Day gift to all from Russian idm maestro Sleepy Town Manufacture , which Monotonik has sneakily re-packaged and re-gifted to the entire world, we're proud to present 'For You & For Me', an entire double album picking some of the best from STM's unreleased output from 1999 to 2002, with a number of tracks specially updated and remastered for this compilation. Sleepy Town, formerly a duo/trio, and now down to a single member, are particularly known for their... favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite ( 5 reviews ) Topics: IDM, Electronic
This set of releases, on Monotonik breaks/eclectic sublabel Mono211, span over 4 years, from late 1999 through late 2003, and include everything from understated triphop, through a concentration on harder techno and drum and bass influences, right through to the current solidifying of style on UK-influenced 'nu-chill' and eclectic. Basically, if it's not beep or idm enough to go on Monotonik, but still rocks,it gets shoved onto Mono211. Highlights might include Vinyl Matt's super-mellow 'From... favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite ( 1 reviews ) Topics: Drum & Bass, Trip-Hop, Break Beats
This time round, a debut release from Oregon's Crashed By Car,recent founder of the beautiful Pleasedosomething net.label, and indielectronic star in the making, with net.releases on Kikapu and 8BitRecs , amongst others. The "Fictions And Fires EP" is a spectacularly well-crafted piece of organic electronics, with highlights including the smooth drift of "Full Speed Dead", the muted triumph of "Bees", and the almost Harold Budd-esque ambient beauty of... favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite ( 9 reviews ) Topics: Indie, Electronic
This second set of MP3 releases from our net.label Monotonik was originally released from March 2001 to September 2002, when we were both breaking out the retro beep releases and continuing along the same chilled idm path. Some highlights might include Idmonster's beautifully delicate 'The Force May Be With You', Sleepy Town Manufacture's peaceful Russian IDM, some superquirky goodness from Phasmid, retro but gorgeous techno from Tweeter, amazing beepiness from both Aleksi Eeben and Virt, more... Topics: Trip-Hop, IDM, Bleep, Synth
We've now been releasing tracks from UK electronic wunderkid Vim! for, well, seven and a half years, on both .MOD and this 'new-fangled' .MP3. That's quite a long time, certainly by netlabel standards. And since we started up, he's released albums on Surgery Records, remixes on Merck and Carpark, and a host of EPs on Monotonik. So, we're now delighted to be able to present an MP3 version of his recent, _extremely_ smart, _extremely_ limited edition CDR, 'A Random Collection Of Consonants', on... favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite ( 3 reviews ) Topic: Electronic
Having discovered Japanese techno artist Tatsu from his wonderful early work on his net.label Bumpfoot, we co-opted him to do an exclusive new EP on Monotonik, and the immensely lush 6-track 'August EP' is the result, showcasing the immensely pure, almost Detroit-tinged pastoral electronica - no tricks, no feints, just a trip back to the classics. We start with 'Stillness/Introspective Me', which briefly showcases some gorgeous ambience, before moving straight into 'Sky and Sea/Daytime Dream',... favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite ( 7 reviews )
One of the first all-ambient releases on Monotonik in quite some time, this 3-track EP from relatively undiscovered Japanese artist Akira Kosemura is a beautifully naturalistic drift through what sounds like field recordings twinned with sweet sine waves melodies - reminiscent of anything from Lackluster at his most ambient to fellow Japanese Monotonik releaser Sabii. Thus, we have three delicate treats to enjoy - firstly, 'Forest In The Morning' has a repeated motif and an almost sepuchral... favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite ( 2 reviews )
Having released an EP back in 2002 from the sometime duo, nowadays largely uno Ilkae , aka Canada's Aaron Munson, we were delighted when we heard Ilkae had a new 777-copy limited edition CDR out, called 'Stained Glass Pinata'. What's more, he wanted to mix up a couple of the tracks from it with some more exclusive songs for a Monotonik release as the cunningly named 'Stained Glass Confetti EP'. In fact, we were so delighted that we let him do it. So he did. So we released it. And this is it.... favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite ( 3 reviews ) Topic: IDM
Everyone who likes Monotonik at least a little should know Kuu, aka Joonas Vähämäki, from his Substance releases that date back at least ten years on the site. But he's also released under his more uptempo Kuu alias at times, and it's fitting that one of the last releases (for now?) should be under that alias. 'Pixel EP' is surprisingly large, and mixes some of the things that Monotonik holds dear - melodies, cut-up drums, and swishing noises - in carefully contained cylinders of sound. From...
Mm, just like lying in the grass somewhere around the Cretaceous period, this is very much a Sunday four million years ago song from our man in SF Prob. Well, ok, it goes a little disquietingly snare-rushed later, but that's just the flocks of pterodactyls swooping overhead.. they won't bother you. Don your shades and enjoy the sunshine.. only 600,000 years 'til that asteroid lands, no hurry. Topics: Prob., Monotonik
The latest iteration of the Monotonik archives includes mtk121-138, from brand-new idm goodness from Sense, through funky UK nu-chill from Braces Tower, through great Russian double albums from Russian chill-out demi-gods Sleepy Town Manufacture, and more.
This final compilation, originally put together by an unknown person and spread on P2P networks, but now embraced by Monotonik as a good primer for our net.label's output up to around 2001, has more well-chosen releases on it. As with previous compilations by the same person, a number of tracks (although less this time!) only normally available in .MOD form are here as .MP3s - check out the neat Substance track, more early Jiva, and a great melding of a bunch of MP3 releases into a cohesive... favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite ( 1 reviews ) Topics: Bleep, IDM, Electronic
We're very pleased to follow up our initial release from UK-based idm-er Aereal with this contemplatively complex, wonderfully circumspect 2-track EP which we're convinced cements his reputation as the best artist you've never heard of. Something we hope we'll change. The EP leads off with "Bacurex", a tour de force of understated, melodically dense electronics in the tradition of the best B12 or Black Dog releases. And "Metro Cammell", the second track, stuns further, with... Topic: Electronic
We're proud to welcome the debut release on Monotonik from Stefan Ternemar, the Swedish artist also known as S.T. 'Emotions In A Box' is Stefan's first set of songs released anywhere outside his own webpage, and it's a fitting introduction to his bold, melodically strident idm electronics. First off would be 'Downtown', almost Huelsbeck-ian in its wish to get straight down to brass tacks and blast you with carefully considered catchiness, heaping layer upon layer of gorgeously synthetic sounds... favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite ( 7 reviews ) Topics: IDM, Game
Finnish old-school Amiga demo scene legend Aleksi Eeben, aka Heatbeat, has never really let up on the composition, but has, rather wonderfully, regressed in his choice of hardware over time, from Amiga, through Commodore 64, to Vic-20, with sideways glances to the Game Boy. But it's his C64 equivalent of 'The White Album', the appropriately named 'The White Box', which sums up some of his borderline deviant SID-chip excursions over the previous few years. The actual 'White Box' artifact is a... Topic: Electronic
We've known of Finnish idm artist Tweeter for several years, stemming from his association with former Monotonik artist Substance's .MOD label Voodoo, and have previously been delighted to release his gloriously smooth electronic stylings on the label. Now, the notoriously painstaking artist formerly known as Tweeter is called Planet Boelex (actually the name of his last release on Monotonik), and he makes a triumphant return to us with the 'Sinking In The Soup EP'. So, we start this particular... favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite ( 2 reviews ) Topic: Electronic
Dutch-based artist Izmar has been releasing on Monotonik for a couple of years now, starting with his marvellous pair of 'Aze' albums, which shifted him way away from minimal techno roots into almost Fila Brazillia-style jazzelectronic territory. Now, we get a second follow-up EP, 'Conscious', which shifts his wonderful nu-chill in yet another direction, thanks to his unusual use of a sitar on top of his normal voice and live instrument cornucopia. Thus, we start with 'Walking', a typically... favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite ( 3 reviews )
U.S. veteran idm artist Transient is practically an old hand at Monotonik releases now, since this is his third for the label, quite apart from some stunning EPs and albums for netlabels like One and his own Noisy Vagabond Recordings. And 'Work/Play EP' is a wonderful, aptly named split album, since it was composed both on work breaks with a Palm handheld (the 'Work' half) and at home using Impulse Tracker (the 'Play' half), and both halves show inspired mastery of melody, vocoded vocals, and... favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite ( 1 reviews )
Not necessarily one of Monotonik's most 'normal' releases, but heartily welcomed anyhow, this unconventional glitch-electronic 7-track EP is from the oddly named Gaza F*gg*t, who can best be described as, well, an alter ego of a previous Monotonik releaser. It all starts off with the gentle organ of 'Horse With Gold Teeth', before the latter end of the track gets all warped and Japanese-speech sampling, before the completely awesome 'Rotten Fruit Messageboard Apology' arrives, all explicit... favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite ( 2 reviews )
The latest release for guitar and beat-strewn idm artist Beak on Monotonik, following the 'Amoral Mayor Earwig EP' back in 2004 and 'El Hacedor EP' in 2005, the 'Bishop Whitney EP' continues his extremely unique mix of strongly played guitar, acoustic noises and cut-up percussion in fine, fine style. This time, we start out with the characteristic plucked freneticism of 'Context Clues', before seguing into the languid crawl of 'Teach Texas Manner', further showcasing his totally individual,... favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite ( 4 reviews )
We're delighted to present a second release from Finnish graphic artist and musician Flutterspot, following the 'Labmat EP' back in early 2006, and this time round, 'Suitable For A Desire To Share' is almost 40 minutes of lushly layered electronic music to die for - or at least freeze a little bit. We start off with the oddly titled 'Small, Brightly Coloured, Highly Arboreal', which hops up into the trees for some almost Boards Of Canada-esque loping beats and marvellously complex electronic... favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite ( 3 reviews )
This new release is most definitely Monotonik's first from Malaysia, thanks to duo Euseng and Liang, also known as Muxu, who've followed up their self-released debut album 'Above Us, A Clear Summer Sky' with this wonderful 6-track EP, 'Show Us Your Weak Side', here as the 190th release on Mono. The duo first met for a joint band project - with Liang playing guitar for delightfully named band Citizens of Ice-Cream, but set up Muxu in early 2006. They've also contributed a track to the Mu-nest...
It's not often that we rave so much about an artist that our eyes come clean out of their sockets and roll around at cheek level 'til we squidge them back in again. But in this case, we reckon the permanent vision degradation is worth it just to alert the world to Virt's presence. So, Virt, aka Jake Kaufman, is a US-based .MOD tracker and video-game composer with many Nintendo Gameboy and Gameboy Advance credits up the wazoo (including "Q-Bert" and "Who Wants To Be A... favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite ( 3 reviews ) Topics: Electronic, Bleep
Having previously released for Monotonik under his famed demo-scene pseudonym, Radix, we're delighted to present a new track by this Swedish idm.bot under his new pseudo, Mosaik. And with the idm 'scene' getting plenty of input from ex-demo-sceners (BStates@Warp, Lackluster/TimKoch/Esem@DeFocus, you know the score), here's another talented scene-ster who should really be getting lotsa attention about.. now. Mosaik's demo-scene work was renowned for its lush, synthesised, melodic nature, and... favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite ( 1 reviews ) Topic: Electronic
This 4th album from Ernesto Aeroflot comes from a mysterious fellow who's released on net.label Commie and a host of smaller labels under names/groups such as TranceYlvania, Sky Wide Jazz, Oodi & Elegia, High Grade Multi Purpose Intelligent Terminal (!), and more. This 10-trackalbum showcases his unpredictable but riveting style excellently,as '80s bleep sounds and stuttering electro mix up with distortedunrest, sweeping electronica, and a wholly surprising bonus cut to create something... favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite ( 2 reviews ) Topic: Electronic
The second release from Sweden's Bliss , aka Henrik Jose, and this lovingly crafted 3-track EP cements his reputation as creator of some of the lushest, most beautiful electronics around. With his previous net.label releases on Fairlight Music and success at the Assembly demoparty last year, his vocal-blended, multi-layered, live instrument-appropriating angle creates, well, just sublime results, well-deserving of a record deal any time now, we reckon. This EP starts out with 'Transportation Is... favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite ( 2 reviews ) Topic: IDM
From the depths of the Straits of Atlantis, the artist known as Octopus Land has surfaced, and with him he brings, entangled in his nets, a veritable bounty of sweet, jittering idm melodies, and dark, underwater fruits of the sea. For starters, 'Tortoise Catch' twins the random stomp with the sweet orchestra of the dolphins, epic and joyous, before 'Voave222' hesitantly taps out a morse code of undersea distress, all plaintive against the blackness of the deep, dark ocean. Next, Octopus Land... Topic: IDM
He released one of the first ever Monotonik .MOD releases, allthe way back in 1997, and over 6 years and several highly acclaimed CDs later, Finnish electronic wiz Lackluster , aka Esa Ruoho, fresh from live sets in Ireland and Russia and his recent 'Showcase' compilation CD on Merck Records, has handed over the keys to his mind and returned to the net.label fold with this sublime 5-track EP. Right off the bat, 'Cut1' comes out with a tremendously complex blend of Lackluster's signature smooth... favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite ( 1 reviews )
Although sometimes overlooked, due to their release on Monotonik's lesser-known sublabel Mono211, the two albums we've put out so far by Dutch ex-techno producer Izmar are, everyone seems to agree, pretty damn special, twinning Fila Brazillia style grooves with gorgeous melodies. So, when we got a whole extra CD of material from him (to be dealt with soon!), plus a follow-up of this lovely four-track EP, we grinned happily and got on with the harrowing job of actually releasing it, starting... favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite ( 3 reviews ) Topic: IDM
We've been releasing maze-like, beautifully complex music from quiet, enigmatic UK idm artist Vim! since 1996 - thus, we're heading towards his 10-year anniversary on Monotonik, insanely enough. With that in mind, it's only natural that there might be some maturation of style, coming, as it does, after his real-life album and remix releases on Surgery, Merck, Carpark, and others - the hazy, redolent chiptune sinewave sounds of 'Perpetual Autumn EP' show how we all grow up and chill out somehow,... favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite ( 3 reviews ) Topic: Electronic
We found Datassette after he linked to Monotonik from his own artist website. Fortunately, it turns out that he hearts us, and we heart him, since the UK-based artist with the retro-hardware themed pseudonym cuts up a lovely mix of previous Monotonik artists like Vim! and Braces Tower, alternating funky electronica with the geekier bleep end of the spectrum, but coming out all wine and roses in the originality stakes. Starting out with the BBC Radiophonic Workshop drift of 'Microfocus', it's... favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite ( 1 reviews ) Topic: Bleep
Oh my. Ever since we at Monotonik heard Swedish bleep-metal group Machinae Supremacy cover Chris Huelsbeck's classic 'Great Giana Sisters' theme in heart-rendingly wonderful .SID chiptune vs. Spinal Tap style, we've been major, major fans. So, after the group completed the soundtrack to (extremely fun) PC indie shoot-em-up Jets 'N Guns ( http://jng.rakeingrass.com/ ), and made the entire higher-bitrate quality OST available to fans on their official homepage ( http://www.machinaesupremacy.com/... favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite ( 6 reviews ) Topic: Bleep
We're delighted to welcome a return for Finnish artist Teemu Kiiskila, aka Ernesto Aeroflot, whose 'Oll Tolk'n' no Ding Atcheev'd' album we released back in 2003, and who is a veteran of other netlabel releases on Commie and Kikapu under multiple aliases. This time round, he's back with an entire album of wonderfully diverse electronics, 'Strogloy - Everything Within', which we're very pleased to be putting out on Monotonik. One of the keys to Ernesto Aeroflot's charms, at least in our eyes, is...
Dutch artist Izmar has released multiple times on both Monotonik and Mono211 before, gaining a semi-fanatical following for his immensely mellow, immensely beautiful blend of electronics and Fila Brazillia-style nu-chill, and we're delighted to present some of the latest fruits of his labors, in the form of the 'Secular EP'. The whole kit and caboodle starts out with the predictably named 'Opening', which showcases the immensely natural-sounding jam that characterizes this EP - all slowly... favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite ( 1 reviews )
Having been associated with Australian electronica chap Tim Koch since all the way back in 1998, when he released .MOD tracks as Serkul (and later as Thug!) on the pre-MP3 version of Monotonik, we're delighted that he's returned, just as he releases the 'Faena' CD on M3rck Records (North America) and his own-affiliated Surgery Records (Australia), with 'Elk Meadow EP', a collection of miscellaneous unreleased smartness from the past few years. Koch's other output has included albums and EPs on... favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite ( 1 reviews )
This time, a Monotonik debut for Finnish graphic artist and musician Flutterspot, and pretty much his first music release anywhere, with the gorgeous electronic tones of 'Labmat'. What do we like about this? Well, for starters, 'Daily Sway Of Everything (That You Touch)' is satisfyingly chunky, before 'Sky So My' segues into some smartly rotating beats. Then, there's 'Liihko Hymn', which is layers and layers of sound in an almost shoegaze fashion, but with firm rhythms layered on top, before... favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite ( 2 reviews )
So, the latest Monotonik release is from Justin Hassler, aka Same Nice Lamb, with the 4-track piece of classic meandering electronica, 'Lack Of Lamb' - and we'll let Hassler explain his own background here: "I live in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA. By day, I work in a public library. By night, I play with electricity. I have no music released under my name." Well, now he does. Why put out 'Lack Of Lamb', then? To put it bluntly, it's our kind of sound - the looped idm melodic grind that...
This one's been coming for a while, but the latest release from incredibly unconventional Finnish musician Aleksi Eeben (the .MOD artist formerly known as Heatbeat) is the tremendously obtuse but lovable 'Three Times The Music', 8 tracks of offbeat but somewhat gorgeous bleeps and bloops. Aleksi is, as ever, a bit of a jazz fan, and the kind of melodies and stylings he picks makes him an acquired taste, to say the least. But if you dig the odd, odd grooving of first track 'Clockwork', then... favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite ( 1 reviews )